edited by José Alaniz, University of Washington, and Scott Smith, Penn State University
We invite abstracts for essays to be published in a collection showcasing new work on the representation and conceptualization of disability in superhero comics. We encourage examinations of mainstream titles and characters (such as those published by Marvel and DC) as well as considerations of other texts that engage disability and the superhero genre in creative ways (such as Cece Bell’s El Deafo). We are especially interested in contributions that explore additional intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. The collection envisions a diverse selection of contributors (scholars from the humanities, comics studies, and disability studies; disability activists; comics creators; medical professionals; comics journalism; and so on) that represent a range of perspectives, methodologies, and communities. The contents of the collection may be likewise diverse, including essays by individual and collaborative authors, interviews, and/or creative work.
The editors welcome enquiries by email. Please submit 400-word abstracts and 50-word bios by June 30, 2016. After reviewing submissions, the editors will select contributors and then submit a proposal for publication by a university press.